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Now in Effect: New CA Law Boosts Consumer Free Speech in Online Reviews

California’s new law banning non-disparagement clauses in consumer contracts went into effect January 1, 2015.  The new law should allow online reviewers who write about poor customer service or product experiences to stop looking over their shoulders for shakedowns like the one suffered by a Utah couple back in 2013.  This law, as well as a…
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WIPO Warning Highlights Trademark Registration Scammers

Here’s the scenario: you recently filed a trademark application to register your mark with the USPTO and of course, paid the fee. Within weeks, you received a very official-looking correspondence from an organization that sounds strikingly similar to the USPTO, but something is not quite right. For starters, they are asking for more money, but…
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Trademark Registrations An Even Better Value After USPTO Fee Drop

In a curious instance of federal government generosity, the USPTO has approved drops in registration fees for TEAS and TEAS Plus trademark applications from $325 and $275 per class to $275 and $225 respectively. The fee drop was announced in the Federal Register on December 16th and was not a case of good cheer after…
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